Report shares why Rafael Benitez allowed Aleksandar Mitrovic to leave Newcastle United

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Burnley at Old Trafford on December 26, 2017 in Manchester, England.

Newcastle United have loaned out Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham until the end of the season.

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St. James Park on December 9, 2017 in...

According to a report in the Chronicle, Rafael Benitez did give Aleksandar Mitrovic a chance at Newcastle United, but the striker failed to take it.

Mitrovic was told to work harder in training, with his efforts tracked by a GPS vest.

However, the Serbian was reportedly not performing better than the likes of Dwight Gayle, Joselu and Ayoze Perez.

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St. James Park on August 26,...

Benitez even asked Newcastle’s backroom staff whether he should be giving Mitrovic a chance, but they were all of the same opinion that the target-man needed to improve in training.

Mitrovic was ultimately loaned out to Fulham in January, and his form in the Championship has caused some frustration with supporters of the Tynesiders.

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford at St. James Park on November 25, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

While Newcastle have continued to struggle to find a prolific scorer, Mitrovic has found the back of the net frequently for Fulham.

The powerful forward now has five goals in his last four appearances for Slavisa Jokanovic’s side, and is spearheading their push for promotion.

Newcastle did sign Islam Slimani on loan to replace Mitrovic, but the Algerian striker is still out with injury.

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